The Mission of World Can't Wait (2005)

World Can't Wait is organizing people living in the United States to take responsibility to stop the whole disastrous course led by the Bush administration. We seek to create a political situation where the Bush administration's program is repudiated, where Bush himself is driven from office, and where the whole direction he has been taking U.S. society is reversed.

We seek to mobilize millions to express their outrage, to speak the truth, to act with urgency and form an organized political resistance. We welcome any individuals and groups who agree that the Bush Regime should be driven out, whatever their political party affiliation or lack thereof. We reach out to people who have been fooled by Bush, and to those who have been most seriously affected by the outrages inflicted by the Bush Regime.

Check out the Call for The World Can't Wait -  Drive Out the Bush Regime

We drew our inspiration from...

The Not In Our Name Statement of Conscience which we encourage you to read, add your name to, and distribute broadly.

Excerpts:
"No election, whether fair or fraudulent, can legitimize criminal wars on foreign countries, torture, the wholesale violation of human rights, and the end of science and reason."

"It is our responsibility to stop the Bush regime from carrying out this disastrous course. We believe history will judge us sharply should we fail to act decisively."


Advisory Board:

James Abourezk, former U.S. Senator, South Dakota
Rosemary Candelario, pro-choice activist
Warren Hern MD, Physician and pro-choice activist
Mark Leno, CA State Assembly
Mark Crispin Miller, professor & writer
Tomas Olmos, attorney
Boots Riley, hip hop performer
Lynne Stewart, attorney
Gore Vidal, writer
Sunsara Taylor, writer
Howard Zinn, historian
Cynthia McKinney, former U.S. Congressional Representative, Georgia

National Steering Committee of World Can't Wait: 

Elaine Brower, New York City
Samantha Goldman, New York City
Emma Kaplan,  Seattle
Jill McClaughlin, Chicago
 Dr. Dennis Loo, Los Angeles
Prachi Noor, New York City
Debra Sweet, New York City
Ken Theisen, San Francisco
Curt Wechsler, San Francisco 
 
 

Director: Debra Sweet
Development Director: Samantha Goldman
Membership & Events: Barbara Zaha

 

 

Steering Committee Bios:

Elaine Brower  

Elaine Brower is the outspoken mother of a US Marine who served in AfghanistanIraq. She is a leader of The World Can't Wait-Drive Out the Bush Regime and of several other antiwar groups. She has appeared on "Good Morning America," "Fox & Friends," Ashaki TV, NOVA TV, BBC's "Morning Show," and most recently on "The Montel Williams Show," advocating for the removal of the Bush Regime. She has been featured in numerous New York area newspapers, as well as national radio talk shows, and writes at Op-Ed News. and

Samantha Goldman, Development Director 

Samantha has been with World Can't Wait from the beginning. After organizing for November 2nd at Mount Holyoke College she saw a great need to be at the hub of this much needed movement. She took a semester off and worked as the National Office Manager. In May 2006 she assumed responsibility as Development Director. She is currently a student at New York University.

 

Dennis Loo

Dennis Loo is an award-winning sociologist, co-editor of Impeach the President: the Case Against Bush and Cheney, Associate Professor of Sociology at Cal Poly Pomona and an honors graduate in Government from Harvard. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He is a former journalist and his research specialties include polling, public policy-making, social movements, and criminology.He can be reached via his blog: http://dennisloo.blogspot.com

Jill McLaughlin

Jill McLaughlin is an art therapist working in a psychiatric inpatient setting on Chicago's northside, providing treatment to adults with dual diagnoses. From a young age, Jill was drawn to people and events in history involving issues of social justice and human rights. One memory Jill has is leading a protest in her nieghborhood with 3 others girls demanding women's rights...particularly that women be allowed to be priests (that whole Catholic thing). She struggled with her sexual orientation in her teen years and eventually freed herself by coming out as a lesbian. From that point she aspired to be an LGBT activist and began that journey as an undergrad and at one point served as co-president of the LGBT student group. Watching the nightmare of the Bush Regime unfold and at the suggestion of a friend and the urging of her conscience she decided to act once again. In July 2006 she found and joined World Can't Wait, whose Call to drive out the Bush Regime resonated with what she had been thinking and feeling.

Prachi Noor

Prachi Noor was born and brought up in the midst of peasant struggles and women's movements in rural India. Inspired by the dedication of freedom fighter grandparents of India's independence movement, she grew up believing that change doesn't come without a fight. In the United States, she has been active with the anti-police brutality movement and has been at the forefront of the movement to stop the repression of Arab, Muslim and South Asian communities. She has been part of organizations like the Blue Triangle Network and Youth Solidarity Summer.

Debra Sweet, National Director

Debra Sweet is the National Director of World Can't Wait. Richard Nixon refused to speak to the press for six months after the US invasion of Cambodia. When he finally appeared before the White House press corps, it was to make awards for service and bravery to Young Americans, whom he said were "not out protesting". I was 19. When he handed me the award, I told him that he was responsible for killing millions of people in southeast Asia. He got angry, turned and left the room, making a front page story and international news. Antiwar sentiment had seeped into the Blue Room and was pervading every part of US society - not to mention the world. The Emperor had no clothes, and when someone says that; an Eartha Kitt, a Debra Sweet, a Cindy Sheehan, it can galvanize others to speak and act on the truth. There are millions out there who can take inspiration, and act. The end of the story isn't written yet...
Click here for a collection of the writings and speeches of Debra Sweet.

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